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Kentucky releases school re-opening plan

Coronavirus in Kentucky

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) – The Bluegrass State unveiled its Safe plan that will work to re-open schools throughout the state.

In the daily press conference, Interim Commissioner of Education Kevin Brown released a document that identifies the safety expectations for educational facilities.

Safety expectations schools must adhere to include:

  • Adherence to social distancing guidelines.

There will be a 6′ social distancing expectation. However, if students must be seated closer together, they must wear a mask.

Brown said the state recommends smaller class sizes, limited assemblies and spacing students into unused spaces including hallways.

  • Students must wear masks if they are moving from their desk or are seated closer than 6′ away from each other.
  • Schools will have screening procedures including temperature checks.
  • Sanitation requirement signs will be posted.
  • Contact tracing procedures will be put in place.

Additional guidance will be released. Additional details will be provided by state officials as they become available.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear also said state officials reached a settlement yesterday that will send $383 million to Kentucky’s rural hospitals.

He said they were able to settle an ongoing lawsuit to benefit hospitals at a time when state hospitals needs it the most.

This is good news for institutions that have worked hard throughout the pandemic, he said.

Today, Beshear confirmed 229 new COVID-19 cases. Although the number continues to change each day, he says the state is still plateaued. He also confirmed one new death, bringing the state’s total to 538.

However, at least 3,706 have recovered from the coronavirus.

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